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Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)

awothers

Peterborough, CA
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awothers Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Sep 2012
Wed 26-Dec-12 04:35 PM

I am away from home and forgot my manual and "Mastering the D800..".
How can I set a shutter speed faster than 1/60? Thanks.

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Gray_star

US
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#1. "RE: Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)" | In response to Reply # 0

Gray_star Registered since 17th Dec 2012
Wed 26-Dec-12 03:53 PM

I don't have a D800. But don't worry...I won't let that stop me from answering!

The quick & dirty answer is to set M mode or S mode and set the shutter speed directly, either by setting a specific speed or by selecting the next speed after the slowest speed. In this case, an "X" will appear, indicating that the shutter speed has been set according to Custom Setting e1:Flash Sync Speed.

Expanded Answer
Most likely you're in A mode or P mode. When you are in A or P mode, and enable your flash, the slowest shutter speed that the camera will set for itself is defined by the Custom Setting e2:Flash Shutter Speed...which defaults to 1/60s. The e2 setting is a not explained well by Nikon. Basically, it defines the point where fill-flash turns into the key light for A and P modes.

When ambient light conditions (along with your aperture choice in A mode) require a shutter speed of 1/60s or faster, then ambient light will be exposed normally and the flash will act as a fill-flash. But when ambient light conditions require a shutter speed slower than 1/60s, then shutter remains at 1/60s, underexposing the ambient light. In this case, the flash acts as a key flash.

As you are in A or P mode, you cannot control shutter speed, and so your only alternative to force a faster shutter speed than what the ambient conditions call for, is to use M or S modes.

awothers

Peterborough, CA
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#2. "RE: Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)" | In response to Reply # 1

awothers Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Sep 2012
Wed 26-Dec-12 05:01 PM

Thanks very much.

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OMMBoy

San Diego, US
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#3. "RE: Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)" | In response to Reply # 0

OMMBoy Registered since 22nd Feb 2007
Thu 27-Dec-12 03:44 AM

Excellent advice from Gray_star!

One more piece of advice: if you have a smartphone or tablet, it's always a great idea to have a PDF copy of your camera and flash user manuals saved to the devices so they'll always be with you in case you ever need them. I have PDF versions of all my cameras and flashes, as well as those of friends and family, stored on my phone and tablet. There have been a few times when I've had a brain fart and couldn't remember how to change a setting or perform a specific task, so I just whipped out my phone and was able to look it up immediately! It can be a real live-saver!

Chris

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awothers

Peterborough, CA
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#4. "RE: Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)" | In response to Reply # 3

awothers Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Sep 2012
Thu 27-Dec-12 10:36 AM

Great idea.I will do it when I get home.

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hapkido1996

KR
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#5. "RE: Flash & shutter speed (D800 /910 flash)" | In response to Reply # 4

hapkido1996 Registered since 21st Dec 2012
Fri 28-Dec-12 08:24 AM

Yes, listen to Chris. I have the .pdf on both my smartphone and netbook. I just recently upgraded from a D90, and while the user interface isn't that drastically different, it's different enough that I've already found myself sitting there staring at the back of the camera and thinking, 'Wait. Now, how do you...?' If you shoot at night, the smartphone option (at least for my phone) works best because the screen is backlit. Best of luck!

G